Ridley & Hall is an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, but with a national profile. We are passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. We care about helping our clients to solve their legal problems. We avoid complicated legal jargon and are clear about the cost involved of any advice that we give.

Ridley & Hall has excellent Family & Matrimonial and Care Proceedings & Adoption teams which have been recommended by the legal publication the Legal 500. We specialise in divorce, financial relief, children, grandparents’ issues and kinship care.

We have nationally-recognised expertise in Community Care Law, supporting individuals and families in their challenges to local authorities.

The excellence of the probate and trusts work carried out by our Wills & Probate team is also recognised by the Legal 500. The team works closely with our Contentious Probate specialists in resolving often complex and high value inheritance disputes. The firm’s Court of Protection team can help with powers of attorney and all issues relating to loss of mental capacity.

We recognise that buying or selling a house can be a hugely stressful experience for many people. Our Residential and Commercial Property teams have a friendly and professional approach. We were one of the first firms in the country to gain accreditation in the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, meeting the highest possible standards for the residential conveyancing process.

Our experienced Personal Injury lawyers deliver a friendly, personal service to accident victims and their families. We have a particular interest in accidents involving cyclists.

Expert Opinion

Is getting older all bad - the evidence is that for some it isn't!

This thoughtful article from Yvonne Roberts in The Observer suggests that some grandparents and baby boomers are changing perceptions of what it means to get older. Grandparents thwarted in playing a role in their grandchildren's life by being denied contact should get in touch with us!

What is clear is that in ageing, many share – they help with housing costs and childcare and, according to the charity Grandparents Plus and the longitudinal work on “the changing life course” by the Economic and Social Research Council, a role with grandchildren is valued highly, as is friendship, “connectedness” and experiences (weekends away, reviving Britain’s seaside economy) .
How to prepare for old age?

Somethings we can help with - will, living wills and lasting powers of attorney ...drinking moderately and avoiding adding on the pounds are outside our skill! But we'd advise you to get in touch!

The advice went something like this: make a will, make a living will, put in place power of attorney, have a pension, avoid being overweight, don’t smoke, drink moderately, stay active, think about your needs in old age before you get there and, if necessary, downsize and move to somewhere more suitable
Adoption Breakdown - can it be avoided?

Article from Community Care is thoughtful but if your placement is breaking down, get in touch with us.

The breakdown of an adoption has a huge impact on the adopters and child, whether it happens in the early days of the placement or months or years after the child has legally been adopted.
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